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If anyone who reads this is around Chicago Illinois I will pay and feed you to come hold my hand through this build and help me OC to atleast 4ghz stable! =) lol

So I am aware sandy bridge is here but before you read on please understand that this CPU and SSD fell into my lap for 300.00 for the two together brand new! So Instead of waiting I took advantage of the deal and found my approach to my first build.

Excuse the cost after each piece it was a copy and paste from a notepad when I was configuring build options given the budget I set for myself and the hours of reading on builds most of you have done. Also the CPU and SSD price listed are newegg prices, not what I have paid.


(Case)
COOLER MASTER HAF X - $199.99
COOLER MASTER Megaflow 200mm case fan - $21.99

(Power Supply)
CORSAIR HX Series CMPSU-1000HX 1000W - $219.99

(CPU & Cooler)
Intel Core i7-970 Gulftown 3.2GHz - $879.99
Noctua NH-D14 - $89.99

(Motherboard)
EVGA 141-GT-E770-A1 - $369.99

(Memory)
G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 12GB (3 x 4GB) DDR3 1600 - $199.99

(Video Cards SLI)
EVGA SuperClocked GTX 570 (Fermi) - $369.99
EVGA SuperClocked GTX 570 (Fermi) - $369.99

(Hard Drives)
Intel X25-M 120G SSD - $229.99
Western Digital Caviar Black WD1002FAEX 1TB - $89.99

(Bluray/cd/dvd burner)
LG black WH10LS30K 10X Blu-ray Burner LightScribe - $99.99

(Operating System)
Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit (oem) - $99.99

(Keyboard/Mouse)
Logitech MX 5500 Revolution Black Bluetooth keyboard & Mouse - $149.99

(Compound/Remover)
Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound - $9.99
Arctic Silver Thermal material Remover & Surface Purifier - $9.99

GRAND TOTAL IF PAID IN FULL - $3311.85 USD
GRAND TOTAL WITH CPU AND SSD TRADE - $2501.87 USD

All that being said am I missing any steps? Any suggestions? I will be using this machine for gaming and also as a media center. My monitor is an LG 55inch 1080P 120HZ LCD.

Seriously cant thank you enough ahead of time. This site has helped INCREDIBLY! I am learning as I go and am still very very new to all of this. I would be lying if I said I wasn't terrified to place my order. I have nightmares about getting things DOA or just messing things up when I put it all together lol.

Should I hold off a bit longer and hope for X58 prices to drop? OR don't you think they will even drop that much?
Edited by jamesschmidt82 - 1/5/11 at 12:22pm
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post #2 of 18
I dont think that prices of X58 will drop at all. Since its still better than sandy bridge in ways. Like not having the crap "insider" feature that would stop you from doing illegal things...

I say go for it expecially since you got such a great deal with the cpu and SSD! May i ask how?
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I dont think that prices of X58 will drop at all. Since its still better than sandy bridge in ways. Like not having the crap "insider" feature that would stop you from doing illegal things...

I say go for it expecially since you got such a great deal with the cpu and SSD! May i ask how?
Before finding myself getting more and more into computers my money sink was my car. I purchased a few things for my WRX this last summer and before I could even install them my car got destroyed. Found someone who was in need of those parts (that I got on a killer group buy sale) and we made some trades.

I have no clue how or were he got the SSD and CPU though. But I do know I seemed to be in the right place at the right time because saving so much on both of those allowed me to splurge for 2 GPU's a better mobo etc. I am really really excited and waiting to pull the trigger.
Edited by jamesschmidt82 - 1/5/11 at 5:02am
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post #4 of 18
Very solid looking build.

I personally like the R3E over the EVGA 141-GT-E770-A1, but that's just me.

Also, why 12GB of RAM? Do you actually need that much? If you're not using more than 4-6 (VERY few people do), having 12GB is going to hurt you, not help you. It's going to make overclocking a major pain, too.

I also love the Silver Arrow, but the NH-D14 is sexy too .
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Very solid looking build.

I personally like the R3E over the EVGA 141-GT-E770-A1, but that's just me.

Also, why 12GB of RAM? Do you actually need that much? If you're not using more than 4-6 (VERY few people do), having 12GB is going to hurt you, not help you. It's going to make overclocking a major pain, too.

I also love the Silver Arrow, but the NH-D14 is sexy too .
Honestly I always assumed the more the better lol. Guess that makes an ass outta me eh? So Realistically I am better off running 6G of ram instead? The most I would be doing is gaming and listening to music on like win media player lol.
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Honestly I always assumed the more the better lol. Guess that makes an ass outta me eh? So Realistically I am better off running 6G of ram instead? The most I would be doing is gaming and listening to music on like win media player lol.
If that's all you're doing then yes, you'd most definitely be better off with a good 6GB kit with tight timings. Something in the 6-7 CL range would be ideal.
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6GB Kit Cas 7 DDR3 1333

good price: $77
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820104162
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If that's all you're doing then yes, you'd most definitely be better off with a good 6GB kit with tight timings. Something in the 6-7 CL range would be ideal.
You guys aren't going to laugh at me if I told you I wanted to stay with black and red color scheme if possible in my whole build are you =( lol (aside from the ugly noctua fans anyway). Looks like I have to start putting that search button to some use again and learn why CL 6-7 is ideal instead of say 8?
Edited by jamesschmidt82 - 1/5/11 at 12:12pm
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CAS (column access strobe) latency is the time it takes for any column on a specific module to talk to the memory controller. This timing, in most cases, is a greater determination of overall speed if you're comparing it to the frequency. The lower the number the better the performance, meaning there is less delay.

edit: Check this wiki out for a table where it compares different frequencies of RAM with different timings.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/CAS_latency
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These Corsair Dominators are the closest I could find to an all black casing. They're pricey, though.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820145289
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